Women, Gender and Mental Health

Section Board

Angelika WIECK, Chair

Rocio MARTIN-SANTOS, Co-Chair

Livia VAVRUSOVA, Secretary

Anita RIECHER-RÖSSLER, Board Member

Aims & Objectives

Section's mission

The Section's mission is to:

  1. enhance attention to gender-sensitive aspects of psychiatric research, education, treatments, and services
  2. to promote and support research into gender and sex differences in all fields of scientific expertise
  3. to foster the inclusion of women in psychiatric research and gender-sensitive handling of data
  4. to encourage research topics of special needs and interest to women over the lifespan and women in different contexts and living situations
  5. to improve education and training about gender-specific psychiatric knowledge
  6. to disseminate information on topics pertinent to women’s mental health
  7. to advance the development of gender-based effective psychopharmacological, psychotherapeutic, and psychosocial treatments ad women-friendly services
  8. to share information of different practices and legislation in different parts of Europe
  9. to fight stigma and discrimination of women
  10. to strengthen women’s empowerment, resilience, and positive mental health
  11. to aspire to gender parity in the professional fields of research, practice, education and leadership roles in European psychiatry

Section's objectives

  1. Presentation of information and activities pertinent to its mission within the EPA’s organizational bodies, meetings, and publications
  2. Collaboration with other EPA sections
  3. Collaboration with the WPA section of women’s mental health
  4. Networking with other organizations, with a focus on women’s issues within medicine and mental health, such as the Marcé Society and the International Association for Women’s Mental Health (IAWMH
  5. Organization of scientific and educational symposia, meetings, and curricula

Activities

Meetings/events

EPA Congress, Florence, 2017

Description:

Title of workshop:

Mothers with major mental illness and their young infants: how can we meet the challenges ?

Chair: Dr Angelika Wieck, CoChair: Dr Marisa Casanova Dias

Speakers: 

Risks and Challenges in Perinatal Mental Health. Dr A Wieck, Consultant in Perinatal Psychiatry, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and University of Manchester, Lead for Perinatal Mental Health, Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Strategic Network. 

Mother and Baby Units. Dr Florence Gressier, Consultant in Perinatal Psychiatry, Hopital Bicetre and University Paris-Sud, France

Maternal mental illness and ealry parenting interventions. Dr Anne-Laure Sutter. Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist, University of Bordeaux. 

Psychiatric training in perinatal mental health across European countries. Dr Marisa Casanova Diaz, MRCPsych, MSc, Clinical Research Fellow, Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences Cardiff School of Medicine, University of Cardiff, Cardiff, UK

Psychiatric trainees experience of their training in perinatal mental health. Dr Ekin Soenmez, Trainee in Psychiatry, Marmara University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey, President Elect of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees.

Developing a curriculum and standards for psychiatric training in perinatal mental health. Dr Liz McDonald. Consultant in Perinatal Psychiatry, Chair of Perinatal Faculty & Lead for Psychiatric Training in Perinatal Mental Health, Royal College of Psychiatrists


Venue: Congress Centre, Florence


Date: 01/04/2017


Attendance: About 150 delegates


EPA Congress, Florence, 2017

Description:

Dr A Wieck (Course Director): The pharmacological management of affective disorders and psychosis during pregnancy and lactation. 

An interactive CME Course covering quality of current research, and summary of current research evidence as to whether the main psychotropic drugs used at present cause adverse outcomes to pregnancies and the developing infant, as well as clinical application of evidence to case scenarios that are discussed initially in groups and then with the whole audience. 


Venue: Congress Centre, Florence


Date: 01/04/2017


Attendance: 30-40 delegates


EPA Congress, Florence, 2017

Description:

Der A Wieck: Caring for Mothers with Serious Mental Illness. Ask the Expert Session. 


Venue: Congress Centre, Florence


Date: 01/04/2017


Attendance: About 8 delegates


Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Perinatal Mental Health Network Conference

Description:

Organizers: Dr A Wieck and Joanne Langton, Strategic Clinical Network and Christine Furber, University of Manchester.

Title: Perinatal Mental Health: What do I need to know ? 

A one day conference on the urgent aspects of care in perinatal mental health for psychiatrists and allied mental health professionals


Venue: Strategic Clinical Network- NHS England, Manchester


Date: 20/06/2017


Attendance: About 200 delegates


Maternal Mental Health

Description:

Organizers: Dr A Wieck with Strategic Clinical Network and University of Manchester

Two one day conferences on Maternal Mental Health were organized for Obstetricians, Midwives and Health Visitors


Venue: University of Manchester


Date: 01/01/1970


Attendance: 150 - 200


Perinatal Mental Health Specialist Forum

Description:

Organizers: Dr A Wieck and Joanne Langton, GMEC Strategic Clinical Network, NHS England

A half day meeting of professionals working in perinatal mental health to discuss recent developments and issues in clinical practice, service delivery and research


Venue: Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


Date: 05/05/2017


Attendance: 40 delegates


Perinatal Mental Health Specialist Forum

Description:

Organizers: Dr A Wieck and Joanne Langton, GMEC Strategic Clinical Network, NHS England A half day meeting of professionals working in perinatal mental health to discuss recent developments and issues in clinical practice, service delivery and research


Venue: Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


Date: 06/10/2017


Attendance: 40 delegates


II European Meeting on Women's Mental Health

Partners

A Riecher-Roessler (Chair)

Symposium Title:

Gender Differences in Emerging Psychosis


Venue: University of Barcelona


Date: 01/01/1970


II European Meeting on Women's Mental Health

Description:

J Usall - Organizer

A 2 day meeting on recent research developments in Women's Mental Health


Venue: Barcelona, 26-27 October 2017


Date: 01/01/1970


From well-treatment to abuse: the place of neglect

Description:

A-L Sutter (organizer)


Partners

AACIPPP - IRTS d’Aquitaine


Venue: Talence


Date: 19/01/2017


Publications

Prevention of bipolar episodes with lithium in the perinatal period

Journal

Br J Psychiatry. 2017 Jul;211(1):3-4.


Authors

Wieck, A


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


British Association for Psychopharmacology consensus guidance
on the use of psychotropic medication preconception, in pregnancy and postpartum
2017

Journal

J Psychopharmacol. 2017 May;31(5):519-552.


Authors

McAllister-Williams RH, Baldwin DS, Cantwell R, Easter A, Gilvarry E, Glover
V, Green L, Gregoire A, Howard LM, Jones I, Khalifeh H, Lingford-Hughes A,
McDonald E, Micali N, Pariante CM, Peters L, Roberts A, Smith NC, Taylor D, Wieck
A, Yates LM, Young AH; endorsed by the British Association for
Psychopharmacology


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Acceptability of a Positive Parenting Programme on a Mother and Baby Unit: Q-Methodology with Staff.

Journal

J Child Fam Stud. 2017;26(2):623-632.


Authors

Walker S, Wieck A, Wittkowski A.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


A qualitative investigation in the role of the baby in recovery from postpartum psychosis

Journal

Clin Psychol
Psychother. 2017 Sep;24(5):1099-1108.


Authors

Plunkett C, Peters S, Wieck A, Wittkowski A


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Oestrogens, prolactin, hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, and schizophrenic psychoses.

Journal

Lancet Psychiatry 2017;4(1): 63-72.


Authors

Riecher-Roessler, A


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Sex and gender differences in mental disorders.

Journal

Lancet Psychiatry 2017;4(1): 8-9.


Authors

Riecher-Roessler, A


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Sex differences in prolactin levels in emerging psychosis: Indication for enhanced stress reactivity in women.

Journal

Schizophr Res 2017;189: 111–16.


Authors

Ittig S, Studerus E, Heitz U, Menghini-Muller S, Beck K, Egloff L, Leanza L, Andreou C, Riecher-Rössler A.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Autonomy and Reproductive Rights of Married Ikwerre Women in Rivers State, Nigeria.

Journal

J Bioeth Inq 2017;14(2): 205-15.


Authors

Princewill CW, Jegede AS, Wangmo T, Riecher-Rössler A, Elger BS Autonomy and Reproductive Rights of Married Ikwerre Women in Rivers State, Nigeria. J Bioeth Inq 2017;14(2): 205-15.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Risk factors for suicide attempt in pregnancy and the post-partum period in women with serious mental illnesses.

Journal

J Psychiatr Res 2017 Jan;84:284-291.


Authors

Gressier F, Guillard V, Cazas O, Falissard B, Glangeaud-Freudenthal NM, Sutter-Dallay AL.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Maternal depressive symptoms and early childhood cognitive development: a meta-analysis

Journal

Psychol Med.2017 Mar;47(4):680-689.


Authors

Liu Y, Kaaya S, Chai J, McCoy DC, Surkan PJ, Black MM, Sutter-Dallay AL, Verdoux H, Smith-Fawzi MC.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders According to Period of Prenatal Antidepressant Exposure: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Journal

JAMA Pediatr. 2017 Jun 1;171(6):555-563.


Authors

Mezzacappa A, Lasica PA, Gianfagna F, Cazas O, Hardy P, Falissard B, Sutter-Dallay AL, Gressier F.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Smoking Trajectories during the Perinatal Period and Their Risk Factors: The Nationally Representative French ELFE (Etude Longitudinale Française Depuis l'Enfance) Birth Cohort Study

Journal

Eur Addict Res. 2017;23(4):194-203.


Authors

El-Khoury F, Sutter-Dallay AL, Van Der Waerden J, Surkan P, Martins S, Keyes K, de Lauzon-Guillain B, Charles MA, Melchior M.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Timing and Chronicity of Maternal Depression Symptoms and Children's Verbal Abilities.

Journal

J Pediatr. 2017 Nov;190:251-257.


Authors

Ahun MN, Geoffroy MC, Herba CM, Brendgen M, Séguin JR, Sutter-Dallay AL, Boivin M, Tremblay RE, Côté SM.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Intensive mothering ideology in France: A pilot study

Journal

Encephale. 2017 Dec;43(6):564-569.


Authors

Loyal D, Sutter Dallay AL, Rascle N


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Gender-gaps and glass ceilings: A survey of gender-specific publication trends in Psychiatry between 1994 and 2014.

Journal

Eur Psychiatry. 2017 Jul;44:90-95


Authors

Süßenbacher S, Amering M, Gmeiner A, Schrank B


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Gender differences in C-reactive protein and
homocysteine modulation of cognitive performance and real-world functioning in
bipolar disorder.

Journal

J Affect Disord. 2017 Dec 27;229:95-104.


Authors

Sanchez-Autet M, Arranz B, Safont G, Sierra P, Garcia-Blanco A, de la Fuente
L, Garriga M, García-Portilla MP.


Preventive recommendations on the use of valproic
acid in pregnant or gestational women to be very present.

Journal

Rev Psiquiatr Salud Ment. 2017 Jul - Sep;10(3):129-133.


Authors

García-Portilla MP, Bobes J.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Features of mood associated with high body weight in females with fibromyalgia.

Journal

Compr Psychiatry. 2018 Jan;80:57-64.


Authors

Alciati A, Atzeni F, Grassi M, Caldirola D, Sarzi-Puttini P, Angst J, Perna G.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


The gender difference in
depressive prevalence is due to high prevalence of somatic depression among women
who do not have depressed relatives.

Journal

J Affect Disord. 2017 Mar 1;210:269-272.
doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.01.006.


Authors

Silverstein B, Ajdacic-Gross V, Rossler W, Angst J.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Why is depression more common among women than among men?

Journal

Lancet Psychiatry. 2017 Feb;4(2):146-158. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(16)30263-2.


Authors

Kuehner C.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Borderline personality disorder and polycystic
ovary syndrome: A review of the literature.

Journal

Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2017 Sep 1:4867417730650.


Authors

Tan RY, Grigg J, Kulkarni J.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Antipsychotic-induced hyperprolactinemia: synthesis of world-wide guidelines and
integrated recommendations for assessment, management and future research.

Journal

Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2017 Nov;234(22):3279-3297. doi:
10.1007/s00213-017-4730-6. Epub 2017 Sep 9. Review.


Authors

Grigg J, Worsley R, Thew C, Gurvich C, Thomas N, Kulkarni J.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Oestradiol treatment for mood stabilisation in
borderline personality disorder.

Journal

Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2017 Jul;51(7):739. doi:
10.1177/0004867416688100. Epub 2017 Jan 17.


Authors

Grigg J, Thew C, Kulkarni J.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Raloxifene Plus Antipsychotics
Versus Placebo Plus Antipsychotics in Severely Ill Decompensated Postmenopausal
Women With Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder: A Randomized Controlled
Trial.

Journal

J Clin Psychiatry. 2017 Jul;78(7):e758-e765. doi: 10.4088/JCP.15m10498.
PubMed PMID: 28541645.


Authors

Weiser M, Levi L, Burshtein S, Hagin M, Matei VP, Podea D, Micluția I, Tiugan
A, Păcală B, Grecu IG, Noy A, Zamora D, Davis JM.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Verbal Fluency
in Male and Female Schizophrenia Patients: Different Patterns of Association With
Processing Speed, Working Memory Span, and Clinical Symptoms.

Journal

Neuropsychology.
2017 Oct 16. doi: 10.1037/neu0000394


Authors

Brébion G, Stephan-Otto C, Ochoa S, Nieto L, Contel M, Usall J.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


A large-scale study on the effects of sex on gray matter asymmetry.

Journal

Brain Struct Funct. 2017 Jul 26. doi: 10.1007/s00429-017-1481-4. [Epub ahead of
print] PubMed PMID: 28748497.


Authors

Núñez C, Theofanopoulou C, Senior C, Cambra MR, Usall J, Stephan-Otto C,
Brébion G.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Screening of alcohol use disorders in psychiatric
outpatients: influence of gender, age, and psychiatric diagnosis.

Journal

Adicciones. 2017 Jul 14;0(0):885. doi: 10.20882/adicciones.885


Authors

Sánchez Autet M, Garriga M, Zamora FJ, González I, Usall J, Tolosa L, Benítez
C, Puertas R, Arranz B.


Acknowledged as official Section publication? No


Presentations at non-section events

Presentations by A. Riecher-Roessler

Setting

Women leadership in psychiatry. Lecture at the WPA Congress, Berlin, 09.10.2017.

Riecher-Rössler A (2017) Gender aspects in psychosis high-risk states and first episode patients. Plenary Lecture at the II. European Meeting on Women's Mental Health, Barcelona, 26.-27.10.2017


Acknowledged as official Section presentation? No


Presentations by A-L Sutter

Setting

Hearing in the French Senat: State of mental health of children in France. Meeting at Senat Paris, 25 January 2017.

Joint care in perinatal psychiatry, French Marcé Society and WAIMH Conference, Paris 23 March and 8 September 2017


Babies and separations. Conference, Marcé French Society Poitiers 29-30 June

Psychotropic drugs in the perinatal period. Conference, CHEM, Poitiers 28 June 2017.

Alcohol and pregnancy: how to prevent. Conference. French Minister of Health, Paris 6 September 2017.

Bipolar disorders and women’s lifetime hormonal variations. Conference, SMP Paris 18 September 2017.

Service Standards for Mother and Baby Units in France. Conference, New Aquitaine Mother and Baby Units Task Force, Paris 28 September 2017.

Quality of infant interactions after antenatal exposure to psychotropic drugs. French Psychiatry Congress Lyon, 30 November - 1 December 2017.


Acknowledged as official Section presentation? No


Presentations by M Amering

Setting

The needs of Women Users of Mental Health Services and Their Families. 25th European Congress of Psychiatry, 1.-4.4.17, Florence

RECOVERY-ORIENTATION & PEER SUPPORT FOR MOTHERS WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS7th World Congress on Women’s Mental Health, March 6-9, 2017, Dublin


Amering M: Women psychiatrists as agents for change. WMH section Symposium. XVII World Congress of Psychiatry, October 8-12, 2017


Acknowledged as official Section presentation? No


Presentations by E Miller

Setting

"Women Only" homeless shelter: a low treshold chance to reach out for untreated women suffering from schizophrenia. Women Mental Health, Societat Catalana de psyquiatria I salut mental, 27 October 2017.

Psychiatrische Liaisondienste in der Wohnungslosenhilfe. PSD Wien/ESRA/Wiener Universitätsklinik für Psychiatrie. 15 September 2017


Acknowledged as official Section presentation? No


Presentations by A Wieck

Setting

Presentation on ‘Bipolar Disorder’: The Use of Psychotropic Medication Preconception, in Pregnancy and Postpartum An introduction to the BAP Guidelines. British Association of Psychopharmacology, London, 3 October 2017.

The pharmacological management of bipolar disorder and psychosis during pregnancy and lactation, Masterclass of the British Association of Psychopharmacology, London, 27th April 2017

Perinatal Prescribing Masterclass, Royal College of Psychiatrists. A 1 day event for consultant psychiatrists training in perinatal psychiatry delivered together with Professor Ian Jones from Cardif University. London, 27 September 2017.

Presentation on : National and local developments in perinatal mental health. A one day conference entitled ‘Perinatal Mental Health Services – Improving care for women and families’, University of Salford, Salford, 11/1/2017

Prescribing Antipsychotic Medication, Perinatal Psychiatry Training Course, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 29th - 31st of May 2017

Prescribing Mood Stabilizers, Perinatal Psychiatry Training Course, Royal College of Psychiatrists
29th – 31st of May 2017

Structuring reports requested by the Family Courts from you as the treating psychiatrist, Perinatal Psychiatry Training Course, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 29th – 31st of May 2017

Serious perinatal mental illnesses and it’s challenges. Urgent Care Conference, Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Network, NHS England, 20th of June 2017.


Acknowledged as official Section presentation? No


Other Section activities

Other Section activities

Desciption

A Wieck:

I was successful with my application to speak at the Public Hearing of the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Psychiatric Association on the 26th of September 2017. I attended on behalf of the EPA and of my Mental Health Trust in Manchester. I made a case for considering the indication of valproate separately from the indication for neurological conditions and argued that the current guidelines by EMA on the use of valproate in women who have childbearing potential or are pregnant do not adequately protect the unborn children of mothers with bipolar disorder. 

I was then invited to attend the Scientific Advisory Group for PRAC-EMA and the Consultation Meeting which took place on the 12th and 13th of October 2017. 

 

 

Outcomes

The Scientific Advisory Group developed a consenus statement and submitted it to EMA. 

The Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee will publish their new risk assessment and recommendations for the use of valproate in women and girls who have childbearing potential or are pregnanty in January 2018. 


Other Section activities

Desciption

A Wieck:

As the Clinical Lead for Perinatal Mental Health for Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire I lead the funding application of the Strategic Clinical Network for a Specialist Perinatal Community Mental Health Team that allows all pregnant and postnatal women with severe mental health problems and their famiies in Greater Manchester access to skilled and appropriate mental health care. Further applications are planned for extended provision of psychological therapy and interventions to improve parenting for all women who have mild to severe mental health problems.

Outcomes

The application was successful and the perinatal community mental health team is currently being set up (3.3 Mill £ per year). 


Other Section activities

Desciption

A Riecher Roessler has become the Editor of the Journal Archives of Women's Mental Health

Time period: 2017


Other Section activities

Desciption

Joanna Rymasszewska:

The Stafford Instrument, a comprehensive interview for perinatal mental health conditions and the mother-infant relationship has been translated into Polish with the participation of an expert panel. The aim is to improve clinical training and practice in perinatal mental health and conduct research in Poland. 

Time period: 2017


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